USU Soccer to Open the 2011 Season Against Weber State at Rio Tinto Stadium on Aug. 19

LOGAN, Utah – For the third-straight season, the Utah State soccer team will play a match at Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. For the first time, the Aggies will be the visitor as USU takes on Weber State on Friday, Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m.Rio Tinto Stadium is located in Sandy, Utah, at the heart of the Wasatch Front. It is only 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and 25 minutes from SLC International Airport. The state-of-the-art facility opened in October of 2008 and was the sight of the 2009 MLS All-Star game.The world-class venue seats 20,000 people for MLS matches and other sporting events. The capacity can increase to 25,000 for concerts. Stadium amenities include 32 luxury suites, a 2,000-square foot Stadium Club, 1,000 premium club seats, five locker rooms, a 60-foot Video Board, and ribbon LED boards stretching 200 feet long.Last season at Rio Tinto, USU defeated WSU, 2-1, with forward Lauren Hansen delivering the game-winning goal in the 86th minutes. In 2009, forward Shantel Flanary’s overtime goal in the 99th minute gave Utah State the 2-1 win over Utah. It was the Aggies’ first win against the Utes since 1997. Flanary has become very comfortable at Rio Tinto, scoring goals in both 2009 and 2010.The Aggies return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s team that finished 9-7-5 and advanced to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Utah State tied with San Jose State for a share of the WAC regular season title. USU brings back five seniors in goalkeeper Molli Merrill, forwards Shantel Flanary and Marissa Sanchez, defender Summer Tillotson and midfielder Chandra Salmon-Christensen.USU will open the home portion of its schedule on Sunday, Aug. 21, hosting Portland State at 1 p.m. The Aggies will then travel to the Centennial State to take on Colorado College on Aug. 26 and Northern Colorado on Aug. 28.Fans can follow USU soccer at http://twitter.com/USUsoccer and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.-USU-

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